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Trauma in the Small Animal Patient

4-Week Interactive and Tutor Guided Course

Your Tutor
Dr. Philip Judge

Who is it for?
Start Date
November 11, 2019

Course Description

Trauma in dogs and cats can cause a range of potentially serious conditions, from obvious injuries, such as fractures, open wounds, and external haemorrhage, to serious head trauma, internal haemorrhage, and life-threatening injuries of the chest cavity. This 4-week course will approach the trauma patient from the standpoint of emergency management. From respiratory tract trauma to management of open fractures, and a lot in-between, we’ll present the very latest in management strategies, to give your trauma patient the best chance of survival.

When is it?

Start Date: Monday, November 11, 2019
Duration: 4 Weeks
Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 7:30 PM AEDT (Sydney Time)
These live tutorials are recorded if you are unable to participate in real-time. To check the time in your local area, please click here.

What's in the Course?

Injuries to the thorax and thoracic structures are very common in traumatised dogs and cats. Because of the vital importance that normal thoracic cage, pulmonary and cardiovascular systems play in the well-being of the patient, it is not surprising that thoracic trauma is a significant cause of both morbidity and mortality in the traumatised patient. This week, we’ll focus on the most common traumatic conditions of the respiratory tract – pulmonary contusions, pneumothorax, diaphragmatic hernia, and thoracic wall trauma – from pathophysiology to treatment!
Head trauma and traumatic brain injury are relatively common consequences of many types of injury in dogs and cats, including road traffic trauma, dog attacks and other accidental injury. Head trauma can be potentially devastating to an animal if it is not managed appropriately. However, with timely and appropriate management, many animals that present with severe brain injury can make good neurological recovery, and regain good quality of life. We will review the normal physiology of the brain, the response of the brain to injury, and the latest recommendations on management of brain trauma, to give your patients the best chance of positive outcome.
Traumatic wounds come in all shapes and sizes. From bite wounds, to degloving injuries and open fractures, we will review not only the physiology of wound healing, but also the latest recommendations in wound management – from acute care, the managing the wound through the various stages of wound healing.
Catastrophic haemorrhage is an occasional consequence of trauma – and this topic will review not only what happens in acute haemorrhage, but how to manage haemorrhage as well. In particular, we’ll focus on management strategies for controlling and minimizing the impact of uncontrolled haemorrhage into the thoracic cavity, abdominal cavity, and fracture sites. Finally, we’ll conclude the course with an overview of the pharmacology of the trauma patient – including analgesic techniques, and rational antibiotic choices among others.
Fracture Management, Urinary Tract Trauma, and more.

Your Tutor

Dr. Philip Judge​

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (Vet. Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs) Director: Vet Education Pty Ltd

Philip graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 1992, and spent 7 years in small animal practice before undertaking a residency in veterinary emergency and critical care at the University of Melbourne in 1998. Following his residency, Philip worked for nearly 6 years at the Animal Emergency Centre in Melbourne, becoming the Senior Veterinarian at the centre in 2004. In 2006, Philip undertook a 1-year surgical externship before moving to Townsville to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at JCU. Philip is also co-founder, and director of Vet Education Pty Ltd ( – one of Australia’s leading providers of online continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary nurses. Philip has published numerous manuals and guides concerning emergency medicine, and is a published author in snake envenomation in peer reviewed literature. Philip is also a founding scientific advisory committee member of SnakeMap, a project designed to improve our understanding of snake envenomation in dogs and cats in Australia Philips key interests in veterinary science include respiratory emergencies, ventilation therapy, emergency management of the trauma patient, emergency surgery and envenomations and toxicology.


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